Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/27/15
It looks like we have a decent chance at a good week and weekend of weather
ahead. There will be a couple of back to back fast moving cold fronts pass from
Wednesday through Friday, but as of now, they are not predicting any heavy rainfall
amounts from them. Of course, as always, that is subject to change. There's never
anything very consistent about the weather during the spring months except we
should expect the unexpected. Some guys I have talked to seem to think it has been
unseasonably cold during the past few days but it actually hasn't been, or at least not
to any great extent. We just had a week or two of unseasonably warm weather prior
to this recent round of cooler weather that made it seem that way. I think the hatches
should still be right on their normal schedule.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 62. North wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. Tonight, will be mostly clear with a low around 40.
Tuesday, should be mostly sunny with a high near 66. North wind will be from 5 to 10
mph. Tuesday night, showers are likely, mainly after 3am. The chance of
precipitation is 60%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
to links to see updates:
Little River: 319 cfs at 2.23 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 827 cfs at 2.36 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 181 cfs at 2.88 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It was getting into good shape
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. According
to a customer, they were getting in good shape yesterday afternoon.
Current Recommended Streams: Most streams should be okay today.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
Blue Quills: 18
American March Browns: 10/12
Little Black Caddis: 18
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females
Eastern Green Drakes: 4/6 (Abrams Creek Only)
Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18
Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds
of catching numbers of fish. Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds of success. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as
many as if you fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good
techniques and the right flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.
Until I spotted something hatching, I would fish a size 18 Blue-winged Olive Nymph.
They are little swimming nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are
currently hatching. If you spot something hatching (coming off the water) that is
relatively small, it will most likely be Blue Quills, Blue-winged Olives,or Little Black
Caddis. It it is relatively large, it will be a Hendrickson or American March Brown.
Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect. If you see
Blue Quills, BWOs, March Browns or Hendricksons/Red Quills hatching, there will be
a spinner fall late in the day. Often, you can catch more trout fishing the spinner fall
quicker than you can during the hatch. Change to the spinner imitation of the mayfly.
Giant Black Stoneflies should begin to hatch any day now. Fishing a Giant Black
Stonefly nymph very late in the afternoon near sunset may produce a very large trout
for you. The nymphs are coming out from under their hiding places to fully develop
their wing pads.
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